No. 4 Ohio State Defeats Army, Arizona State at Journeymen Tussle

Nov. 15, 2014


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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The fourth-ranked Ohio State wrestling team continued its strong early-season showing on Saturday, picking up a pair of dual meet victories at the Journeymen Tussle in Clifton Park, N.Y. The Buckeyes topped Army, 37-6, and then followed that up with a 30-10 triumph over Arizona State. With the wins, Ohio State is 3-0 on the year.

Against Army, Mark Martin got Ohio State on the scoreboard with a 7-4 victory over Brian Harvey at 174 pounds, keyed by a stalling call against Harvey and a Martin takedown late in the third period. At 184 ponds, Kenny Courts jumped out to an early 7-1 lead in the first period thanks to two takedowns and a three-point near fall. He secured the bonus point victory in the third with three takedowns.

After a Matt O'Hara win at 197 pounds, the Buckeyes received four straight pins at 285, 125, 133 and 141 pounds. Nick Tavanello started it out with a fall over Trevor Smith 3:15 into his match, and that was followed by a pin from redshirt freshman Nathan Tomasello at 125 pounds in the first period. Johnni DiJulius also pinned Sean Badua in the first period while Logan Stieber's came 2:05 into his match with Logan Everett at 141 pounds.

Josh Demas rounded out the match with a 2-1 decision over Russell Parsons at 157 pounds.

Arizona State, which defeated Binghamton 23-15 earlier in the day, jumped out to a 7-0 lead after the first two matches on the strength of a major decision at 165 pounds and decision at 174 pounds. In the 174 pound match, Raymond Waters got a takedown in overtime to defeat Martin.

From there, however, it was all Buckeyes as Ohio State won eight on the next nine contests. Courts picked up a key 3-1 victory over 11th-ranked Blake Stauffer at 184 pounds and freshman Kyle Snyder moved to 6-0 on the season with a 21-8 major decision at 197 pounds. Tavanello then eked out a 3-2 decision over Chace Eskam at 285. Tomasello then recorded his second pin of the day, this time defeating Judson Preskitt in the second period to secure six key points. A forfeit at 133 pounds gave Ohio State a 22-7 advantage and Stieber recorded a technical fall at 141 pounds (20-4) to give the Buckeyes even more breathing room. Randy Langus finished off the match with a 5-4 victory over Joel Smith at 157 pounds.

Overall, Ohio State won 15 of 20 matches, recorded five pins, one technical fall and two major decisions.

The Buckeyes return to action next Sunday-Monday, Nov. 23-24, when it travels to Virginia to face No. 12 Virginia Tech (Nov. 23, 2 p.m.) and Virginia (Nov. 24, 7 p.m.).

Ohio State Wrestling
Journeymen Tussle
Clifton, Park, N.Y.

Ohio State (2-0) 37, Army (0-1) 6

165: Chandler Smith (ARMY) decision over Justin Kresevic (OSU) 2-0 (Army 3, Ohio State 0)
174: Mark Martin (OSU) decision over Brian Harvey (ARMY) 7-4 (Army 3, Ohio State 3)
184: Kenny Courts (OSU) major decision over Austin Wilding (ARMY) 15-4 (Ohio State 7, Army 3)
197: Matthew O'Hara (OSU) decision over Stephen Snyder (ARMY) 4-2 (Ohio State 10, Army 3)
285: Nick Tavanello (OSU) fall over Trevor Smith (ARMY) 3:15 (Ohio State 16, Army 3)
125: Nathan Tomasello (OSU) fall over Sean Badua (ARMY) (Ohio State 22, Army 3)
133: Johnni DiJulius (OSU) fall over Christian Doyle (ARMY) (Ohio State 28, Army 3)
141: Logan Stieber (OSU) fall over Logan Everett (ARMY) 2:05 (Ohio State 34, Army 3)
149: Andrew Mendel (ARMY) decision over Jake Donatelli (OSU) 4-1 (Ohio State 34, Army 6)
157: Josh Demas (OSU) decision over Russell Parsons (ARMY) 2-1 (Ohio State 37, Army 6)

Ohio State (3-0) 30, Arizona State (2-1) 10

165: Jacen Petersen (ASU) major decision over Justin Kresevic (OSU) 10-1 (ASU 4, Ohio State 0)
174: Raymond Waters (ASU) decision over Mark Martin (OSU) 7-5 (OT) (ASU 7, Ohio State 0)
184: Kenny Courts (OSU) decision over Blake Stauffer (ASU) 3-1 (OT) (ASU 7, Ohio State 3)
197: Kyle Snyder (OSU) major decision over Josh Dasilveira (ASU) 21-8 (ASU 7, Ohio State 7)
285: Nick Tavanello (OSU) decision over Chace Eskam (ASU) 3-2 (Ohio State 10, ASU 7)
125: Nathan Tomasello (OSU) fall over Judson Preskitt (ASU) (Ohio State 16, ASU 7)
133: Johnni DiJulius won by forfeit (Ohio State 22, ASU 7)
141: Logan Stieber (OSU) won by tech. fall over Demechino Spraggins (ASU) 20-4 (Ohio State 27, ASU 7)
149: Preston McCalmon (ASU) decision over Blake Riley-Hawkins (OSU) 6-0 (Ohio State 27, ASU 10)
157: Randy Languis (OSU) decision over Joel Smith (ASU) 5-4 (Ohio State 30, ASU 10)